OVERCOMING ANXIETY --- EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO A GROWING PROBLEM
by Lynn Fossum. Crisp, 1990
PREFACE --- This book is a primer for better "life management"
It explains HOW YOU can understand and manage anxious feelings.
PART 1--- Understanding anxiety (p3-20)
If you feel a sense of anxiety about your job, you can get a clearer understanding
about your uncomfortable feelings and physical symptoms. You can learn effective techniques to help you cope better.
If the ideas in this book make sense, and you can manage your time well enough
to practice and master the techniques for yourself, then the ideas will help you
overcome unnecessary anxiety and make your life better and your work more
PART 2 --- Overcoming anxiety (p21-48)
PART 3 --- Managing your life (p49-74)
PART 4 --- Final Review (p75-76)
Take the time NOW to review the skills and techniques you have learned:
1) Four-step process (p28)
14) Challenge yourself (p58)
2) Relaxed diaphramatic breathing (p38)
3) Slow breathing (p40)
4) Progressive relaxation (p41)
5) Focus (p42)
6) Fantasy (p43)
7) Counting backward (p44)
8) Balanced diet (p45)
9) Exercise (p46)
10) Anxiety record (p51)
11) Cognitive system "malfunction checklist" (p53)
12) "Three-column" technique (p55-57)
13) "Reframing" (p55)
 To overcome your anxiety about being physically or emotionally vulnerable, you can clear your mind. You can do this by changing your cognitive set!
You can practice reframing your cognitive set by choosing an overall picture of something you feel anxious about and describing it in writing. Then make a written description of your current frame and a written description of your reframed or changed outlook about the problem. (p57)
 Reframing is a specific form of REBUTTAL to your cognitive set! Your "COGNITIVE SET" is revealed by the thoughts and images you have. It can be CHANGED BY "REFRAMING" or changing your thoughts and images!
 Reframing is a conscious mental way of choosing where to put the "frame" on the panorama that is your life.
 Since you cannot encompass all of it in the "frame," you must pick that part which you choose to "focus" on. WHERE YOU FOCUS determines your perceptions and your "cognitive set!"
15) Automatic "thought log" (p59)
16) Take another point of view (p60)
17) So what? (p61)
18) "Turn off" technique (p64)
19) Repetition (p64)
20) Time projection (p65)
21) TV set (p65)
22) Coping "self-statements" (p66)
23) Redirection (p68)
24) Breathers (p69)
26) Play (p70)
27) Humor (p70)
28) Spiritual and emotional support (p70)
29) Traditions and routines (p71)
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